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What Vision Correction Option is Right for You?

Posted on November 17, 2020 in Vision Health

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Did you know that 75 percent of adults in the United States use some form of vision correction? These days, when it comes to fixing your eyesight, there are many options available. There’s no need to let poor vision go unchecked.

The most common vision correction options include contact lenses, glasses, refractive and laser surgeries. If you are not sure which option may be best for you, keep reading for information on each.

Vision correction options

As we mentioned above, there are plenty of vision correction options available. Many people are able to find at least one corrector that is fits their lifestyle. 

Glasses — The most traditional way to correct poor eyesight is eyeglasses. Glasses are an effective and fashionable way to see better. When buying glasses, both frames and prescription lenses must be purchased—unless you’re replacing older lenses with newer ones in a sturdy frame. Glasses can come in many shapes and forms, and the lenses can help with a number of vision problems.

Contact lenses — When people think of contacts, they usually think of the soft lens that slips over the eye. That’s one type. There are also hard lenses, known as rigid gas-permeable lenses. Both options help with vision correction, and just like glasses, there’s a variety of contacts to choose from.

Refractive and laser surgery — As the name implies, refractive surgery is for correcting refractive vision issues — although in a more permanent way than regular contacts or glasses. This means using lasers to reshape the cornea to allow for more light to enter the eye. When you hear people talk about LASIK surgery, this is what they’re referencing. There are different types of refractive surgeries, like LASIK (short for laser in-situ keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy).

Surgical implants and replacements — There are additional types of surgery to fix vision issues. These involve changing parts of the eye or adding new components to correct vision problems. These surgeries include refractive lens exchange (RLE), presbyopic lens exchange (PRELEX), intracorneal ring segments (Intacs or ICR), Phakic intraocular lens implants, and astigmatic keratotomy (LRI).

Before considering which vision correction option is best for you, consult your eye doctor to identify what problem or problems you may be experiencing.

Just as you visit the dentist to practice preventive care, it’s equally important that you take regular trips to the eye doctor to ensure the health of your eyes — this means maintaining an annual vision exam.

Vision insurance helps maintain eye health

If you’re looking for vision coverage, DeltaVision makes it easy to care for your vision, find an eye doctor, and make an appointment. Our network has more than 88,000 providers at over 27,000 locations nationwide!

We partner with popular providers like LensCrafters® and Target Optical℠, in addition to many smaller, independent doctors. These retailers offer conveniences such as multiple locations and extended hours to help members get the service they need, when they need it.

Click here to learn more about our vision coverage.

*Updated June 2023